(I came onto the game mid-session, so this begins the morning before the party entered the cave)
I was a half-elf cleric waling in the woods when I found a party of unusual circumstances. There was a half-orc fighter, a human ranger who carried a hippogiff egg, a thieving dwarf, and an elven wizard. They told me of a spice shipment that was hijacked by goblins, and they were heading to a cave. Knowing that they needed all the help they could get, they asked me to join them, and I agreed.